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 Dec 3 - Dec 16, 2011
Celia and her brotherHanford Girl Scout saves brother's life!
Celia, a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 245, recently took a CPR/First Aid course with her Troop. Shortly after taking the course she walked in on her younger brother choking on his food. Without hesitation she gave him the Heimlich maneuver.  She realized he still had food in this throat and performed the maneuver again and saved his life! Celia is being awarded the Life Saving Award for her heroism. She was recently on CBS 47 talking about saving her brother's life, and the interview was also published on the Girl Scouts USA Blog.
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Oakhurst Troop 2641  collected bottles and cans to buy toys for kids in need. The Daisy Troop saved bottles and cans for 2 months and raised $76 to buy toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.



Annual Meeting

Your VOTE is needed. Very soon you will be receiving your voting package for the Annual Meeting. Please act immediately! We need your vote to complete changes to our Bylaws and ensure our Council remains in

compliance with state and federal regulations.

SU 14Girl Scouts Help Exeter Food Bank

On Saturday, November 19th Troops from Service Unit 14 held a Scavenger Hunt-Food Drive. Girl Scouts went door to door collecting food for the Exeter Food Closet.  All items had a point value with Thanksgiving themed items being worth more points.  At the end of the 2-hour collection period, each team totaled their points and the winning team received a $50 gift card to Michael's Craft Store.  Many of the girls then went to the Food Closet on Tuesday night to assist in the sorting and distribution of the food items. Thank you to all who participated, to the community of Exeter for their generosity, and to the Exeter Food Closet for their willingness to work with us.

In the News!
We found our oldest local Girl Scout! 
Edith Skillen, an 85 year old Central Valley resident recently came to the Fresno Council office to share her Girl Scouting stories from the 30's and 40's.
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Council girls talking about clean air on KMPH Fox 26! Local Girl Scouts were recently on KMPH Fox 26 talking about clean air, and helping Valley residents understand what the different flags mean.
Get your order in today for 2012 Cookie Tee Shirts and Sweatshirts! Orders need to be submitted to the store by January 13, 2012.  You can fax, email or drop off at either store. Click here for order form!
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NEW BADGES from GSUSA are in!! Come in and take a look at the new badges in person at either location...they look great! 
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Other 100th Anniversary Events

AT&T Employees 

AT&T is giving its employees the opportunity to raise $1 million for Girl Scouts between now and Dec. 31, 2011. When AT&T employees make a gift to their local Girl Scout Council or to GSUSA during this period, AT&T will match that gift, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. Click here to find out how.

Does YOUR company have a Matching Gift Program?

Get Involved!!!

Become a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of girls! 

Girl Scouts will match your skills, talents, interests and goals to volunteer opportunities.Click here to learn how you can volunteer. 

For more information on volunteering please contact (800) 490-8654 ext 130.

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Girl Scouts Forever Green
Participate in Earth Hour by turning lights off from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday March 31, 2012.

Jamboree Helpers Needed

Our 100th Anniversary Jamboree, May18-20 in Tulare, features a concert and lots of fun for Girl Scouts and their families.Contact Sheryl Graab at to volunteer.

Meet Laurie Zaninovich   
Laurie comes to us with a great deal of program and event experience.  She will be a great asset to the Program Department and will be based out of the Fresno Office.  She can be reached at ext. 121 or  


Red Tea Cups
Date: Saturday, January 14th 
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bakersfield Council Office 
No cost to attend!
Who are Alumnae? All adult Girl Scouts (18 years and older), including former Daisies and Brownies, former and current volunteers, and former and current Girl Scout staff! 

Competition & STEM Program Opportunity for Girls

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to introduce the second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge open to Girl Scouts! The entry period is open through March 12th, 2012. For more information on how Girl Scouts can enter the Youth Prize competition (middle school & high school) go to:

Smart Mom's Christmas Toy Box

11 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

With Thanksgiving behind us, we all know that Christmas is just around the corner. Here are 11 terrific stocking stuffer ideas for your kids or kids-at-heart. Boost a few cognitive skills over your vacation and fill up those stockings with games that are not only fun and addictive, but also perfect for a snowy evening at home! Have fun! Enjoy November's Smart Mom's Toy Box. Also, learn more about LearningRx here. Follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook


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Dec 16 - Bakersfield - All Day
Dec 16 - Fresno 
11:00 am - Close
Dec 22 - 11:00 am -Close
Dec 23 - Jan 2 - all day
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Ways to bring cheer this Holiday Season:
Donate to any of the following collections to help children in need!
Scholarship Opportunity:

Click here for other opportunities. 
Community Project Idea!
Help the Corporation for Better Housing in Bakersfield collect toys for children 2-17 for the holidays! 

 Bring toys directly to their office. You can also participate in the toy distribution giveaway on Saturday December 17, 11:00am-1:00pm. Contact for more information!


Click here for other community service project ideas!

Girl Scout Events

 Program Aide Core

Jan 28 Visalia


Flag Training

Dec 12 Bakersfield

Jan 31 Bakersfield

Feb 6 Fresno

Feb 16 Fresno

May 14 Bakersfield


Alumnae Tea

Dec 10 Fresno

Jan 14 Bakersfield

(Alumnae Adults Only)


Gold & Silver Award Training

 Jan 10 Fresno

Jan 17 Bakersfield

Jan 24 Visalia 


World Thinking Day

 Feb 25 Fresno


We're Invited....  


 Holiday Gift Wrapping


Nov 25 - Dec 24


Fresno Art Museum's FAMily Day


Dec 10


Dec 10


Walk Among the Trees

Dec 13


CSET Volunteer VITA program

Feb 1 - April 15


Masquerade Ball 

Jan 14


Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

Washington, D.C

June 7-11


Miss California Princess


June 26-30 

        2011-2012 Board Members


Joy Tolladay

1st Vice President

Lucia Robeson


Lester Leas


Carolyn Cross

Members at Large


Linda Danna


Robert Frausto


S. Renee Haga


Jayne McCallister


Susan Woods


Carrie Zerafa


Augi Stevens


Iris Doyle


Linda Eberhart

Click here for the Board Meeting Schedule

Thank you to the volunteer Board who generously give of their time and guidance.



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